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Nabokov and the Question of Morality: Aesthetics, Metaphysics, and the Ethics of Fiction

Rodgers, Michael and Sweeney, Susan Elizabeth eds. (2016). Nabokov and the Question of Morality: Aesthetics, Metaphysics, and the Ethics of Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59221-7
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Abstract

The first collection to address the vexing issue of Nabokov’s moral stances, this book argues that he designed his novels and stories as open-ended ethical problems for readers to confront. In a dozen new essays, international Nabokov scholars tackle those problems directly while addressing such questions as whether Nabokov was a bad reader, how he defined evil, if he believed in God, and how he constructed fictional works that led readers to become aware of their own moral positions. In order to elucidate his engagement with aesthetics, metaphysics, and ethics, Nabokov and the Question of Morality explores specific concepts in the volume’s four sections: “Responsible Reading,” “Good and Evil,” “Agency and Altruism,” and “The Ethics of Representation.” By bringing together fresh insights from leading Nabokovians and emerging scholars, this book establishes new interdisciplinary contexts for Nabokov studies and generates lively readings of works from his entire career.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Editors and The Authors
ISBN: 1-137-59666-X, 978-1-137-59666-6
Keywords: Nabokov; morality; Lolita; metaphysics; aesthetics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 55180
Depositing User: Michael Rodgers
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 13:21
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55180
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